No Visa equals no country representation

Ballroom and Latin American dancing devastating problem.

Ballroom dancing

Dancers have been coming to China for years to take part in wold-level competitions that are held regularly under the auspices of WDSF all around the country. Recent World Championships in Beijing, Nanjing, Chengdu come to mind. And the GrandSlam leg in Wuhan plus the GrandSlam Finals in Shanghai have become permanent fixtures in the WDSF calendar. That makes it all the more incomprehensible that – all of the sudden – some athletes applying for their visa at Embassies and Consulates of the People’s Republic of China in different countries are denied visa and therefore entry into the country on inexplicable grounds …

The members of the WDSF Communications team made their own experiences with the new (and frankly: very erratic) policies that seem to govern visa issuance since March 2016 (when they had applied last). A news item was published on it: click here!

We learned today that at least one couple was finally unable to travel: Petter Engan – Kine Mardal,  who were supposed to represent Norway here in Chengdu, will not dance on Saturday. They tell their story on Facebook. A good thing that the Norwegian media take up on their story too!

Author’s input

This is a bad experience for the dancing especially the couple who was due to compete. The Federation of China should be helpful in enabling other countries to enter their country. This will be bad for China as if this problem persist it will discourage other couples from competing there. This should also be an eye-opener to other countries who host world championships to ensure couples can enter the country well to compete.

The article was taken from WDSF , please note the editing of the article ay have changed to fit this site.

Strictly come dancing stars opt for little feet

Strictly Come Dancing pro Karen Clifton chooses children over Strictly as she hints this series will be her last

15:00, 17 Sep 2016
Updated 15:07, 17 Sep 2016
By Jenni McKnight

The professional dancer says she’s desperate to start a family with her husband Kevin Clifton

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Karen hopes to start a family with husband Kevin soon

She’s been a seasoned pro since 2012 but Karen Clifton has dropped a HUGE bombshell – this could be her last series of Strictly Come Dancing.

The 34-year-old, who is partnered with Will Young , hinted that she may bow out of the celebrity dancing competition later this year because she wants to start a family with husband and fellow dancer Kevin Clifton.

“Kevin and I are hoping to have a family pretty soon so that’ll probably mean I’m going to be out of the show in the near future,” she told The Sun.

She added: “But we absolutely love Strictly!”

Getty Karen Clifton attends the red carpet launch of “Strictly Come Dancing 2015” at Elstree Studios on September 1, 2015 in Borehamwood, England

This could be Karen’s last year on Strictly

Splash Karen Clifton and Kevin Clifton at the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ TV series launch, Elstree Studios

Karen and her husband Kevin want two children

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Speaking of her family goals, she admitted she already knows how many children she wants.

“I want at least two kids and a dog and a big house and a bird. Two kids will keep me busy, ” she added.

Husband Kevin, who’s partnering Louise Redknapp this series, also hopes to start a family soon.

Karen is partnered with Will Young for what may be her last series of Strictly BBC

Kevin is partnering Louis Redknapp

“Karen talks about having kids quite a bit. We have spoken about starting a family – it’s just fitting it in to the schedule,” he said.

“It would be a lovely thing – we’ll create the new generation.”

The dancing couple married in Westminster last year with their Strictly co-stars and celebrity contestants, including Susanna Reid and Frankie Bridge, in attendance.

Kevin proposed to Karen in April 2013 during the stage show of Burn The Floor